It is reported that marijuana use in pregnancy is on the rise with possibly 4-5% of pregnant women using marijuana for recreational or medical reasons. The nausea problem of early pregnancy seems to be the main medical condition for this rise.
Let us review some information:
- The marijuana used today is much stronger than in the past with the active chemical ingredients reaching much higher concentrations.
- Cannabidiol is the chemical that may be responsible for decreasing nausea.
- The active chemicals of marijuana readily cross the placenta and enter into the fetal circulation. With chronic use these chemicals can be stored in the fat cells of the mother and fetus and this can prolong the exposure to the fetus.
- Marijuana’s effect on the fetus is constantly being studied and many potential problems are being found especially with fetal brain development.
- The American College of Ob-Gyn recommends against marijuana use in pregnancy and pre pregnancy. It also advises that it should not be used for the nausea of pregnancy.
If you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant, please discuss marijuana use with your health care provider because your baby’s health should always be your number one concern.